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The Game sues Viacom over sexual assault damages

By | Published on Tuesday 2 May 2017

The Game

Rapper The Game is hoping to pass on to media firm Viacom the cost of the damages he was ordered to pay after losing a sexual assault case last year, because the woman he sexually assaulted was a contestant on a reality show he made for VH1.

As previously reported, the rapper, real name Jayceon Taylor, was accused of conspiring with the producers of VH1’s dating show ‘She’s Got Game’ to force one Priscilla Rainey to go on a date with him to a sports bar in Illinois.

Rainey said that she was led to believe that the date was part of the programme, but that during the evening an “intoxicated” and “out of control” Taylor inappropriately touched her buttocks and genital area several times. She was awarded $7.1 million in damages.

According to TMZ, Taylor is now suing VH1 owner Viacom for $20 million, claiming that they should cover the damages due to Rainey and pay the rapper damages too because they cast his victim on his TV show despite a doctor recommending she not participate.

The rapper always denied the sexual assault claims. In the new lawsuit, his legal reps argue that a doctor who vetted contestants on the show wrote that “in moments of jealousy, [Rainey’s] normal composure dissolves, leaving her to acting out of control”. Producers should not have cast Rainey, Taylor claims, but did so anyway because they thought she’d be good for ratings.